Artistic ‘end bed blocking’ campaign sweeps through the UK


  • Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Professional News
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Artists throughout the UK are teaming up in an unprecedented campaign to find solutions to delayed transfer of care in the NHS.

Over the last two weeks, three of 17 artists participating in the campaign have made a splash by placing bed-like art installations across iconic locations in Edinburgh, London and Southampton. More will follow over the next four weeks, with art installations planned for additional locations in London, as well as Oxford and Leeds. There are suggestions that a piece is to be placed in front of Big Ben.

The art is part of a campaign called ‘End Bed Blocking’ which is aiming to raise awareness of the impact of delays in the transfers of patients from hospital to home-care and is urging stakeholders to implement innovative solutions to get patients home.

The campaign will culminate at the end of six weeks by displaying the 17 different artistic installations in an exhibition to be held at an undisclosed central London location on 11 October 2018.

Pete Dowds, CEO of Elder, the organisation leading the campaign, said: “This is the very first movement of its kind. Bringing together artists, doctors and innovators. It’s not about lobbying for more money, it’s about shifting attitudes, and these installations really provoke a response.”

Those interested in getting involved in the campaign are encouraged to visit endbedblocking.org or tweet with #endbedblocking.